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ViiV Healthcare Global Medical Affairs Industrial Placement

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

ViiV Healthcare is a specialist company established by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer in 2009, with the addition of Shionogi in 2012 after working together on the development of several drugs. We are focused solely on the research, development and commercialisation of medicines to treat HIV. Our aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a unique approach to deliver new and effective HIV medicines as well as supporting communities affected by HIV. For more information on the company, its management, portfolio, pipeline and commitment, please visit

About the role: The ViiV Healthcare Global Medical Sciences Industrial Placement will enable the placement student to work in the global medical teams fast-paced and dynamic environment, who are responsible for a wide range of activities. This includes industry experience & medical expertise in the field of HIV, research methodology and critical thinking, teamwork and cross-functional working and experience with medical support for commercial deliverables. The IP will gain a range of flexibility in the projects they choose to work on based on their own personal development objectives and interests. This involves two key products for some wider context, the role of these teams is to:

Scientific Expertise:

  • Interpret and demonstrate the results of late stage clinical trials and real-world data sets
  • Provides medical support for regulatory approval of a new drug.
  • Support drug safety teams in pharmacovigilance activities
  • Provides medical expertise and guidance to commercial teams

Strategic vision:

  • Feeds into the research and development strategy by monitoring competitor activity and seeking advice from Health Care Professionals on clinical practice.
  • Develops franchise strategy and goals as part of a global brand team
  • In addition to the student working within this unique operating model, they will gain the opportunity to coach within their team (GML), receive mentoring within the commercial side, the chance to network with industry professionals, be part of the medicine development team with a broad exposure to pharmaceutical drug development and be provided with stretch objectives based on their interests and skills.

Key Responsibilities:

Expand your scientific knowledge base

Supporting the medical team to produce new materials used to train medical staff, conduct product related literature searches and more.

  • Example: A comprehensive literature review on the effects of Anti-retrovirals on bone health, make suggestions on how best to present the data in a training slide deck.
  • Example: Literature review to update the epidemiology section of a product’s Risk Management Plan for upcoming renewal.
  • Example: Work as part of a team to produce a data gaps analysis plan to inform research strategy for clinical trials, gain experience in research methodology.
  • Example: Conduct a review of how injection site reactions are reported in early stage clinical trials and in package inserts of new products, to inform the medical team prior to the launch of a new injectable product.

Cross Functional Exposure

Work with the medical, commercial and finance teams to plan for the launch of new products.

  • Example: Assist commercial teams in the development of medically accurate promotional material for the use of sales representatives after a product launch
  • Example: With guidance from finance, produce a plan for the medical teams budget for the following year.
  • Example: Analysing and summarising responses from HCPs on their perceptions of a new product and which patient’s populations they intend to treat it with to inform non medically trained staff.

Develop valuable Project Management Skills

Gain valuable transferable skills through experience and exposure.

  • Example: Work with other IP students and medical leads to produce a biweekly CSMO news letter to report hot topics in R&D, data presentations from conferences and product launches.
  • Example: Briefing creative agencies on specific projects, for example an animated video describing the effects of anti-retroviral to bone health, manage their execution timelines and budget.
  • Example: Facilitate a meeting with global regional medical leads to develop next year’s strategy and a plan of when new medical training materials will be produced.

What we are looking for

  • Good confidence
  • Adaptable
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Excellent communication
  • Good project management skills


Must be studying an undergraduate degree in any Life Sciences.

You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You will be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year.

Accepted degree subjects

  • environmental science and ecology
  • pharmacy and pharmacology
  • biology and life sciences
  • animal care and veterinary science
  • medicine

Additional job details

Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in February 2021.

We recruit on an on-going basis and prioritise applications based on the application date.

Applications will close when we have filled our assessment centre dates.

If you have what we’re looking for apply today!

This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2021:

  1. Eligibility Form
  2. Online Assessment
  3. Application Form
  4. Assessment Centre

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 December 2020

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Closing date:  31 December 2020

Expires29 days

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